Donahue Tames Thunder Road
BARRE, Vt. – John Donahue captured his 14th career Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl late model win during Casella Waste Management Night on Thursday.
Donahue started fifth in the 22 car field and battled late in the 50-lap event with rookie driver Eric Badore. Thunder Road has not seen a repeat winner yet this season as across its three divisions there have been 12 different feature winners.
Badore and Donahue swapped the lead several times over the late stages of the event, but the veteran got the edge over the last several laps. Donahue and Badore were followed across the line by another rookie in Josh Demers to complete the podium. Phil Scott and a third rookie in Jason Allen completed the top five. Cody Blake, Eric Chase, Nick Sweet, Dave Pembroke and Trampas Demers rounded out the top ten.
Darrell Morin claimed his third career Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen feature victory after leading all 35 laps. He held off Christopher Pelkey through the late stages of the event to claim the win. Pelkey was followed across the line by Mike Martin, Brendan Moodie and Dylan Payea in the top five. Point leader Jason Woodard took sixth followed by Chris Roberts, Mike Billado, Jeff Bousquet and George May completing the top ten.
Will Hennequin took the Allen Lumber Street Stock win. It was the eighth of his career. He battled from his 6th starting position and held off Kyle Streeter following the final caution with just under five laps to go. Jamon Perry took third followed by Donny Yates and Jamie Davis in the top five. Kevin Dodge, Gary Mullen, Dave Whitcomb, Bunker Hodgdon and Alan Maynard took home top tens.
Chris LaForest took the two-segment overall Rough Rider win. His pair of second place efforts were enough to edge Alan Derrington and Paul Dudley in the Rough Riders first event of the season.